8 12, 2017

The Unknown Will Never Let You Down: Part II

2017-12-11T17:54:41+00:00

When it comes to stepping into the unknown, intellectualizing a process or problem won’t cut it. In fact, I often find it’s the people who perform this kind of incessant analysis who feel the most fear and insecurity when confronted with the unknown. The reason is because they’re constantly analyzing themselves, their actions, and their place in the world within the emotions of fear, lack, insecurity, or unworthiness. If they instead understood that all these feelings are an emotional record of the past, they would understand that the very act of overanalyzing and overthinking means they’re looking for a solution [...]

The Unknown Will Never Let You Down: Part II 2017-12-11T17:54:41+00:00
22 11, 2017

The Unknown Will Never Let You Down: Part I.

2017-12-02T00:42:48+00:00

Everywhere I teach in the world, many people tell me they want to experience the unknown, yet when push comes to shove they want it on their own terms. Here’s the catch—if something comes to you on your own terms, then it’s not an unknown. It’s a predictable known. So, what does it mean to step into the unknown? Everything we create begins with an internal idea, thought, concept, or image, whether it’s health, wealth, a relationship, buying a home, writing a book, composing a song, and so on. For some people, however, when external circumstances (such as serendipity, coincidences, [...]

The Unknown Will Never Let You Down: Part I. 2017-12-02T00:42:48+00:00
9 07, 2017

The Pugilist and the Ego

2017-07-09T18:44:43+00:00

Even thus by the great sages 'tis confessed The phoenix dies, and then is born again, When it approaches its five-hundredth year; - Dante, Inferno, Canto XXIV   According to Egyptian mythology, every 500 years the Phoenix self-immolates, meaning—it voluntarily lights itself on fire so that it may be reborn as a greater expression of itself. It’s for this reason why I chose the symbol of the Phoenix for our back-to-back June Advanced Workshops in Cancun, Mexico, and for this reason why I named the event “Transformation of Matter.” I wanted our students to focus on completely burning away the things [...]

The Pugilist and the Ego 2017-07-09T18:44:43+00:00
11 11, 2016

How To Become That Which We Are Seeking

2017-02-06T19:03:35+00:00

“Genius is a crisis that joins the buried self, for certain moments, to our daily mind.” ­William Butler Yeats The 13th Century mystic Saint Francis of Assisi claimed we are that which we are seeking. For the last two weeks, at two back-to-back Advanced Workshop in Cancun, Mexico, I witnessed more than a thousand of our genius students do exactly that—they became their future. Do you ever wonder why I always call our students geniuses? Because in the original sense of the word, genius means attendant spirit—being in the care of something unseen but near. In this case, that unseen [...]

How To Become That Which We Are Seeking 2017-02-06T19:03:35+00:00
28 10, 2016

Leaving the Nest

2016-10-28T14:12:50+00:00

We are all creative geniuses. You may not think of yourself as creative in the traditional sense, but every day you make a choice—consciously or unconsciously—you’re creating your life and the experiences that fill it. While many of these choices are based on familiar past experiences, when we sit down to meditate, our intention is to create a novel future. Often times, however, when we’re trying to create something new in our life or solve a creative conundrum, we find ourselves coming up against the same walls and obstacles, and no matter what we do, we can’t seem to circumvent [...]

Leaving the Nest 2016-10-28T14:12:50+00:00